Transformers Prime Hot Shot Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cybertron, Deluxe, Prime, Robots in Disguise

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: June 2012
Price Point: $12.99
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blasters x 2

Images:

*Images with asterisks and text below in italics are from The Official Transformers Web Site:
HOT SHOT spends most of his time trying to prove himself worthy of being called warrior by the older AUTOBOTS. Unfortunately, this often means either showing off, which bugs the more experienced soldiers, or rushing headlong into danger, which requires a rescue. He’s got a lot of potential, but he’s also got a lot to learn.

Your fierce HOT SHOT figure is ready to make big trouble for the DECEPTICONS! In robot mode, your HOT SHOT figure’s snap-on blasters will intimidate his enemies. Convert him to sports car mode when the weapon he needs is speed! Keep converting him back and forth so he can handle whatever his enemies throw at him!

HOT SHOT figure converts from robot mode to sports car mode and back again! Race into action with HOT SHOT! Blasters snap on to robot and vehicle mode! Includes converting HOT SHOT action figure and 2 snap-on blasters. DELUXE CLASS SERIES 1 009 HOT SHOT. Ages 5 and up.

Hot ShotThe name "Hot Shot" hasn't been very prominent in recent years, but at for a while he was all over the place thanks to the character's appearances in various toy lines including Armada, Energon and Cybertron. He even had a more recent release in the Universe 2.0 line. Now the name Hot Shot pops up again in the "Transformers Prime" universe as another turbo revin' young punk joining the Autobot ranks. This figure is a redeco and retool of the Robots in Dsiguise Bumblebee figure, so check that review out for a detailed look at the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Both Bumblebee and Hot Shot have the same vehicle: an "Urbana 500", the fictional sports car shown in the "Transformers Prime" television show. No mold changes were made for the vehicle mode, so in this form the sculpt looks the same as Bumblebee.

Paying homage to Cybertron Hot Shot, this version of the character has mostly dark, metallic blue plastic making up most of his body. His wheels are cast in black and the cabin section is translucent blue. The translucent blue is also found on the headlights.

There's some really nice color work on this figure including the use of dark metallic blue paint on the cabin section with black outlines allowing that portion to match the rest of the car. Other details are painted in gunmetal (the front grille), silver (the engine block) and red (the rear lights). As if this wasn't enough awesome coloring, the designers decided to pay homage to Robots in Disguise Hot Shot by giving this Hot Shot a series of flame designs both on the hood and on the sides of the vehicle. The designs on the hood are painted yellow, contrasting very nicely against the dark blue color. Theones on the sides are even nicer, with yellow flame details trailing off and fading into an orange color on the doors. It's really a spectacular looking deco pattern and it meets my personal criteria of making the figure look completely different from its base mold (in this case, Bumblebee).

Hot Shot retains the ability to attach weapons to the top of his engine block. He includes the same weapons that Bumblebee had, two dual barreled blasters that can be connected together to form a quad-blaster. These are cast in a gunmetal color similar to the paint used on his grille.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
  2. Lift the cabin section.
  3. Swing the back section of the vehicle down.
  4. Separate the halves of the rear section from each other to begin forming the robot legs.
  5. Swing the robot feet down.
  6. Swing the car doors out.
  7. Swing the robot arms down.
  8. Swing the rear window in.
  9. Pull the cabin cover piece back and down.
  10. Now, holding onto the shoulder pieces (made up of the front wheel wells), pull those sections out which will cause an auto-transform feature that reveals the robot head and forms the chest.
  11. Attach the weapon to the hole on either forearm.

Robot Mode:
While I love the deco in the vehicle mode, the robot mode is where Hot Shot really gets to shine and differentiate himself from being just "another Bumblebee redeco". First you have a brand new head sculpt, which has become common (and welcome) practice for redecos in recent years. This head is designed to pay homage to Armada Hot Shot, with a round shape, a helmet section that wraps around the face (including a "chin strap" design) and even better? Goggles! Those who remember Armada Hot Shot may recall one of the character's key head design aspects was a visor that slid down over his eyes for targeting enemies. In a similar fashion, this Hot Shot has "goggles" that slide down over his eyes. One note: the face design has very prominent eyebrows right over the translucent blue eyes, and many mistake the silver brows for his eyes, but a closer examination shows that's not the case at all. I really appreciate that this is a whole new head sculpt with a functional piece that also pays homage to a previous Hot Shot.

As with the vehicle mode, metallic blue plastic is found all over this robot mode including the chest, legs, shoulders and forearms. A bit of black plastic is used for parts such as his hands and feet. The rest of his parts including upper arms, parts of his thighs and torso are cast in gunmetal grey. This color combination makes him quite distinct among the Deluxe class Autobots in "Transformers Prime" and he looks really nice alongside other figures such as Bulkhead and Bumblebee.

Paint details are mostly done in red, a color found on his shoulders, forearms and lower legs. A spot of orange can be found on the top of his head and some black is used to paint the strap portion of the goggles on his head. A tiny bit of grey paint is used for smaller details including his wrists and the "chin strap" piece on his helmet. Overall, this is a really nice redeco pattern and the variety of colors used is most welcome.

All of Hot Shot's joints are nice and tight and he's just as able to carry extra weapons as Bumblebee so no worries on functionality with this figure!

Final Thoughts:
"Transformers Prime" Hot Shot accomplishes all my pre-requisites for a great redeco. It has a distinctive color pattern all its own and a retooled part that makes the figure look very different from its predecessor. Even better, this figure has a beautiful deco pattern in both modes that look fantastic. Highly recommended!